Tips to Avoid Travel Fatigue

sleeping woman in train at daytime

Travel is stressful whether travelling at home or abroad travel fatigue is a debilitating side effect and it affects everyone. Here are some hints on how to reduce travel anxiety and fatigue.

Organize Early

To avoid any disagreeable blows like a missed flight, poor accommodation or lack of an affordable hotel room plan early. Search the net for special deals and when found research the hotel and review the airline or travel company’s terms and conditions. If all is suitable and you are happy then book immediately. Better still get a professional to take the strain from you. A badly planned trip can sap the energy and drain the stamina of the most experienced of travellers.

Ease the Pace

Do not try to cram in everything into a holiday schedule, it is impossible and will only cause disappointment. Don’t overdo sightseeing, shopping or visiting local historic sites or picturesque villages. Rushing from one stop to another is tiring and debilitating. Build in some ‘down time’, a time to relax in the hotel room or even by enjoying a coffee at a local coffee shop. After a long journey by air, rail or road a full itinerary is exhausting.

Get Sufficient Beauty Sleep

Try to maintain a regular dose of sleep to bring your internal clock in line with the current time zone. Remember though, to fit in with the local time, do not go to sleep in the day time but keep to a familiar routine but adjusted for local time. Stay up until the normal sleep time then fall into the sack and slumber till your normal awakening time.

Request a hotel room away from the hurley burley of the hotel’s high use areas like lift lobbies and lifts themselves. Avoid the noise of street traffic if at all possible.

Circadian Rhythms

Even though sleep is an important restorative, keep to the local hours. After reaching a destination at, say mid-day after a long flight then a walk on the streets, a stroll in a local park and going to bed in accordance with local time will quickly reset your internal clock and restore normal circadian rhythms.

Healthy Food

Eat a healthy diet, it is easy to succumb to fast food while on the road. Even though the high fat, high sugar content of fast foods deaden the appetite for while they will not give the energy boost needed to maintain long-term stamina levels.

It is best to eat a salad or a light meal rather than greasy burgers and matchstick-thin, cholesterol-laden chips or fries.

Long Distance Driving

When taking a long drive ensure you build in some rest time to get out and stretch your legs or simply to take a short nap to avoid tiredness that can prove fatal. Have a hot coffee or tea but beware of the dangers of too much caffeine, keep moist facial wipes not just to cleanse the road grime and dirt but to freshen up. They really do keep you awake if used frequently. Stop for five or ten minutes every two hours.

Exercise for Wakefulness

Despite what may be expected maintaining an exercise regime when travelling will keep fatigue at bay. Sensible levels of exercise boosts energy levels leaving you feel physically and mentally refreshed and revived.

Homesickness

If away for an extended time and homesickness creeps upon you then a quick phone call to friends and relatives is an excellent moral booster and will banish those homesick blues.

Travel is exciting and exhilarating, it is challenging and educational, it broadens the mind but can sap stamina and energy. Following these tips will help to banish the negative effects of travel and boost personal well-being and allows the traveller to get more out of new experiences.